CULINARY HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2012/2013:
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the BrookLodge was the winner of the “Best Culinary Hotel” award at the Good Food Ireland Awards.
RTE’s Mary Kennedy hosted the awards, and they were presented by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD. It’s a fabulous honour, particularly when you consider the calibre of the other nominees, which included The Shelbourne, The Merrion Hotel, The Cliff House Hotel and Kelly’s Hotel.
The awards are of particular importance in our on-going efforts to attract discerning food tourists from overseas, as Good Food Ireland is by far and away the leading marketing and promotion grouping for Food Tourism in Ireland, with Redmond O’Donoghue, its Chairman, also CEO of Failte Ireland.
In the nomination for the award, Good Food Ireland said “When you enter the world of BrookLodge and Wells Spa, you walk into paradise. Yes this place is in its own private little world. Here at Good Food Ireland, we call it heaven. Macreddin Village is in the heart of the Wicklow Valley. You drive in the gate and there it is, a gorgeous village tucked in among the trees, quite out of the way from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet only a short drive from the busy motorway that takes you to Dublin. BrookLodge lies at the centre of this…”
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
ONE WEEK – 3 AWARDS
September 26th 2012
This week we were delighted to be awarded the Failte Ireland "Best Customer Experience" in the extremely prestigious Hotel & Catering Review Gold Medals 2012. And on Monday we were told we had won the "Best Resort Spa" in RVSP Magazine's 2012 Spa Awards AND the "Restaurant of the Month" in Bord Bia's Just Ask Campaign. Needless to say we are very chuffed and honoured.
BUSINESS HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2012:
In an awards ceremony in the offices of Bord Bia on Tuesday, October 11th 2011, The BrookLodge Hotel & Wells Spa at Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow was awarded the "Business Hotel of the Year 2012".
In her citation, Georgina said: "Former winners of this award have been hotels offering outstanding facilities for conferences and business guests, along with varying attributes that make the venue especially attractive, including a scenic or especially convenient location, great food and ancillary leisure activities for delegates. But this year’s winner not only has all of those – a beautiful rural location, excellent business and conference amenities and back up services, loads of down time activities (challenging or relaxing, as required), and a stunning food offering – they also have an extra ace up their sleeves, in the form of a Green-Meet programme. This hotel is renowned for its innovative and ethically-inspired approach to food and hospitality, and they have rightly identified that ‘hosting an environmentally responsible meeting is an important statement about your company’. To the hosts this all comes naturally – they have been doing it for years, and full details are given on their website; to most customers it will come as a refreshing new idea, a rewarding way of giving added value to their event, or any business stay. A great contributor to the business and conference market in Ireland, this an especially worthy winner of the Business Hotel of the Year Award."
STRAWBERRY TREE WINS BEST LEINSTER RESTAURANT
On Monday May 17th, at the launch of the 2010 Good Eating Guide, The Strawberry Tree restaurant was awarded “Best Leinster Restaurant”.
Tourism Minister Mary Hanafin T.D., presented Evan Doyle with a specially commissioned plate from the Tipperary Crystal Graham Knuttel collection at the awards held in Restaurant Patrick Guilbauds’, and attended by high profile restaurateurs from all parts of the country.
Other Winners included Roly’s Bistro, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud and Marco Pierre in Dublin, Ashford Castle in Mayo and Ballymaloe House in Cork.
HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2010:
In an awards ceremony in the offices of Bord Bia on Thursday, October 15th 2009, The BrookLodge Hotel & Wells Spa at Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow was awarded the Hotel of the Year 2010.
In her citation, Georgina said "Numerous strands make up this complex operation – but, as you sense from the bright helpful staff and an atmosphere of care about the place, this very special hotel is more than the sum of its parts. Thanks to the vision of three brothers, Evan, Eoin and Bernard Doyle, a new “village” now exists on the site of a deserted one in a Wicklow valley - and they have devised many reasons for people to go there, including a Paul McGinley golf course and an equestrian centre amongst the many outdoor activities, and a Resort Spa. Weddings and events are key to its success, but kept completely separate from the main hotel, where there is a relaxed country house feel and a choice of dining in Ireland’s only certified organic restaurant, The Strawberry Tree, in atmospheric La Taverna Armento (there’s a whole story attached to that restaurant too, and its close links with a village in Italy) or, in theconvincingly old-world Actons pub on their little ‘street’ - anyone who remembers Evan’s original Strawberry Tree bar & restaurant in Killarney will recognise the skill at work here. A former winner of the Guide’s Natural Food Award (in association with Euro-Toques, in 2003), BrookLodge has earned national recognition for its strong position on organic food - and their organic food markets are legendary. Having worked hard to maintain high standards stay in the frame during this difficult year, it’s a great tribute to the Doyle brothers and their team that so many people still think it’s a good idea to head down to Wicklow for a break these days: they are to be heartily congratulated.
AA HOTEL OF THE YEAR 2008-2009
The BrookLodge Hotel & Wells Spa at Macreddin Village, Co. Wicklow has won the prestigious, AA Hotel of the Year 2008-2009.
The AA, Ireland’s longest established hotel grading organisation, inspects over 700 establishments in Ireland each year as part of the awards process. Constantly striving for innovation, the BrookLodge Hotel stood out as this year’s overall winner for its unique offering against a background of impeccable green credentials.
Speaking at the AA Hospitality Awards, Conor Faughnan, Public Affairs Manager AA Ireland said
“BrookLodge is a hotel that the Irish industry can be very proud of. They have created a unique experience in Macreddin Village and have done so with an eye to both the business and the environmental future. Our Inspectors have been consistently delighted at the quality of service and the whole guest experience at BrookLodge. The investments in quality are there for all to see and it is very pleasing to see them rewarded for their work. We are proud and delighted to name The BrookLodge Hotel & Wells Spa as the AA Hotel of the Year.”
Best Leinster Hotel
Irish Consumer Travel Awards 2009
On Tusday April 21st 2009, at a lavish awards ceremony in the RDS Dublin, well known TV Travel presenter, Kathryn Thomas, awarded The BrookLodge & Wells Spa the Irish Consumer Travel Awards 2009 - Best Leinster Hotel.
Supported by The Irish Times, Abroad Magazine, Ebookers and Virgin Atlantic, the winners were voted by members of the Irish Public in a poll independently audited by the DIT Tourism Research Centre.